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Ryan Lochte had suicidal thoughts after Rio Olympics

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Ryan Lochte acknowledged he considered suicide after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident, according to ESPN.com.

“After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world,” Lochte mumbled, according to the report, repeating what he said last fall. “There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, ‘If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.'”

Lochte was asked if that meant he considered suicide, nodded slowly and said, “I was about to hang up my entire life,” according to ESPN.

Lochte previously discussed his depression after his Rio infamy, the gas-station incident that led to a 10-month suspension from USA Swimming.

“I reached the lowest point of my entire life that I never thought I would go to,” Lochte said in September. “I was in a really dark place. And I didn’t know if I should come out. Just hide my entire life.”

Lochte’s ban ends June 30, and he has already competed in a non-USA Swimming meet. Lochte plans to try to make the 2020 Olympic team at age 35.

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World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.

“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard mourns after 17-year-old aerials skier found dead

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Mikey Lillis, a 17-year-old aerials skier, died in his sleep at his home in East Rochester, N.Y., overnight Saturday, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

“We are a family, and as a family our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family and his teammates,” U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. “We’ll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve. Our condolences go out to his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family.”

Lillis was working his way to join his two older brothers at the elite international level. He made three podiums on the Nor-Am Cup tour between the last two seasons.

Jon Lillis, 23, is the reigning world champion in aerials. Chris Lillis, 19, won the FIS Rookie of the Year award last season with four top-10 finishes on the World Cup.